retaliation in the workplace

who is protected from wokrplace retaliation?

In the United States, the laws we enforce make it illegal to fire, demote, harass, or otherwise retaliate against people (applicants, employees, or former employees) because they filed a charge of discrimination, because they complained to their employer or other covered entity about discrimination on the job, or because they participated in an employment discrimination proceeding (such as an investigation or lawsuit). For example, it is illegal for an employer to refuse to promote an employee because he/she filed a charge of discrimination with the EEOC, even if the EEOC later determined no discrimination occurred.  
Protection against retaliation in the workplace applies to every employee, regardless of immigration status, however, employees without work authorizations may have limited remedies. Visit EEOC.gov for more information about prohibiting retaliation in the workplace.

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retaliation & work situations

The law forbids retaliation when it comes to any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, benefits, and any other term or condition of employment. Additionally, recognizing signs of retaliation is not always easy, as it can take many forms. A few examples are:

➊  An increase in verbal or written warnings 

➋  Demotion or termination

➌  Negative performance evaluations 

➍  A sudden change of job duties

➎  Loss of benefits

➏  Verbal or physical abuse

➐  Relocation or transfer of an employee

➑  Schedule changes or a shift in hours. 

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consequences of retaliation at work

Not only is retaliation unlawful, but it can also facilitate a hostile work environment both for the affected employee(s) and their colleagues or supervisors. The attorneys of Spielberger Law Group are highly experienced in resolving a myriad of retaliation claims that vary from subtle warnings given by employers, to extreme actions such as wrongful termination and even physical abuse. 

Our law firm is dedicated to bringing your case into the eyes of the law and putting an end to the hardships you are enduring at your workplace due to retaliation. No one deserves to be punished for doing the right thing; if you are uncertain whether you have a retaliation case, don’t delay, call us today for a free case evaluation. Spielberger Law Group is here to represent you and defend your legal rights for a better tomorrow.

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The above is intended as a general guide to better understand potential claims against employers with respect to retaliation in the workplace. Your claims may be time sensitive and we encourage you to complete our free case evaluation request to increase the chance of meeting deadlines for filing your claim. Employment attorneys at Spielberger Law Group are passionate about employment law and are true advocates of employees whose rights have been violated. 

Once you’ve completed our free case evaluation form, an employment lawyer licensed to practice employment law in your state will review your statements and you will be contacted by our firm after determining whether you have claims to pursue. Do not miss your opportunity to bring justice to your workplace, contact us today for the chance to receive the best recovery possible.

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